ddh 27811 (2 CD set)
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VARIOUS ARTISTS (see track list)

Philip Heseltine, aka Peter Warlock, was an enigma in many ways - song-writing and arranging genius; fine orchestrator - but also a political animal, bon-viveur and ultimately a self-absorbed depressive who took his own life. This 2 CD set comprises many of the recordings of Warlock's work issued on standard-groove records, between 1925 and 1951 - all lovingly collected by the late John Bishop, stalwart of the Peter Warlock Society, which has generously assisted with the production of this album whcih can be seen as a tribute to one of England's most influential composers of the early 20th century. Detailed notes on the man and his music, and these recordings, are included. Performers include some of Britain's finest of the age.

Gramophone Magazine 'Reissue of the Month' - January 2010

CD DURATION:  CD1 65:52; CD2 78:15

AUDIO SAMPLE: O eyes, O mortal stars (John Goss, rec. 1928)  






Capriol Suite
London Chamber Orch/Bernard
Serenade for Strings
NGS Chamber Orchestra/Barbirolli
Purcell/Warlock: Fantaisie no. 3
The Pasquier Trio
Purcell/Warlock: 2-Part Fantasia no. 9
The Griller String Quartet
Capriol Suite (arr. Szigeti)
Josef Szigeti & Nikita Magalov

The Curlew
Soames, Nielsen, Aeolian String Quartet
Serenade for Strings
Capriol Suite
Constant Lambert String Orch. /Lambert
Captain Stratton's Fancy
Peter Dawson
Oh Good Ale
Flow not fast ye fountains
There is a garden
O eyes, O mortal stars
Come, my Celia
John Goss
Corpus Christi
The English Singers
Chop Cherry
John Armstrong/ International String Qt.
The Fox
Take o take those lips away
Sweet and Kind
As Ever I Saw
The Passionate Shepherd
Parry Jones
Corpus Christi
Ann Jones, Peter Pears, BBC Chorus
A Cornish Christmas Carol
BBC Chorus/Woodgate
Six Nursery Jingles
Cecil Cope
Captain Stratton's Fancy
Sigh no More
Pretty Ring Time
Passing By
My Own Country
Fair and True
Roy Henderson
Sweet and Twenty
Nancy Evans
Rest Sweet Nymphs
Truro County Girls' School Choir
The First Mercy
Billy Neeley
Corpus Christi
Flora Nielsen, Rene Soames, Festival Singers
The Frostbound Wood
The Fox
Dennis Noble
Captain Stratton's Fancy
Oscar Natzke

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“The transfers from 78s are exemplary... over–correction has been avoided... the use of period recordings brings us nearer to the strange world of Philip Heseltine. The accompanying booklet is a mine of information. In all this is a fitting memorial to Peter Warlock. These transfers have obviously been made with exceptional care and this is an important historical release.” – Antony Hodgson (Classical Source)
“This is a vital set for Warlock enthusiasts. A number of these recordings were made before Warlock's death in 1930...there is fascination in hearing these contemporaneous accounts. This single-width 2-CD set is smartly presented. Full discographical detail... wonderfully extensive notes” – Rob Barnett (MusicWeb)

“Put simply, this is a treasure-trove. The sound is very good... the liner notes are excellent. This is Hall of Fame material in my opinion. For the music, the interpretations, the sound, the clear-sighted editing...it is a monumental enterprise that deserves no less.” – Barry Brenesal (Fanfare)

“One of the happiest of recent historical releases... music-making that is both intimate and intense. Some treasurable performances that would otherwise be extremely difficult to track down. The transfers are good and so are the notes.” – Rob Cowan (Gramophone)
“Desirable collection of recordings... comprehensive booklet contributes some interesting information on the provenance of the recordings... essential listening for all Warlock enthusiasts, given especially the quality of its transfers. All the performances are ‘of their time' and these recordings retain their value as documents of artistic achievement and undoubted historical importance.” – John Talbot (British Music Society News)
“All Warlockians and Delians should have an interest in these great rarities... this compilation is a treasure trove of very rare recordings.” – The Delius Society
“A veritable treasure trove... Overall, the digital transfers are good... it seems like a good deal of effort was put into this package in keeping with its historic import. “ – Dave Lewis (AllMusic Guide)
“Expertly compiled... a roll call of British singers of the 1930s and 1940s – a collection of outstanding and well-loved English songs” – Peter Spaull (Liverpool Daily Post)

“Pride of place goes to the 1950 version of The Curlew . René Soames.. shows himself to be an outstanding interpreter. Overall I give this set a four-star review. Seldom has Warlock's very personal sound-world been so well served on record. Generally, very well done and an important set for musicologists as well as collectors.” – Lynn René Bayley (Fanfare)

“This is a most enterprising set in that it includes a goodly proportion of virtually everything that Peter Warlock wrote during his short life. Roy Henderson's delightful accounts of eight of [the solo songs]... some really outstanding items. A valuable issue... a comprehensive celebration of the music of a man who was lightly touched by genius.” – Lyndon Jenkins (Musical Opinion)

“Those looking for a corpus of early recordings of Peter Warlock's music....will find their wishes granted. The transfers are first class and so is the documentation. This generous-spirited production hits all the right notes and the corpus of recordings it contains will enlighten, stimulate and encourage Warlockians for a good, long time.” – Jonathan Woolf (MusicWeb)

Barbirolli's ... Serenade... beautifully terraced and tapered. Two Purcell Fantasies... are each superb. With eight songs by Roy Henderson, we find a singer fully in command of his material. Transfers are generally good.. The set is recommended... for its omnium gatherum qualities” – Tully Potter (Classic Record Collector)